Functional Medicine Practitioner & Clinical Nutritionist
Andrea holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology with a minor in Biochemistry. She is a licensed clinical nutritionist and has completed multiple Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Advanced Practice Modules, including the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice component.
She has completed supplemental training in Functional Neurology and blood chemistry analyses. Andrea taught courses in Anatomy and Physiology and Pharmacology for over a decade and has authored several texts for Pharmacy Technicians.
As a functional medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist, Andrea educates and advises patients on how to regain and maintain health and prevent illness through the use of specific nutrition counseling, lifestyle changes and targeted supplementation. She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and the American College of Nutrition.
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Scared to Death.
Like many who find Functional Medicine, my journey began with my own health crisis. After struggling with autoimmunity since high school, the older I got the worse my health was. The flares would last longer and the remission periods became briefer. Each episode would take an increasing toll on my overall health. I tried everything that conventional medicine had to offer. I used corticosteroids of every type and even used some injectable, biologic agents at different, desperate times.
“At my very lowest point, I honestly didn’t know how I was going to live through it… or if I wanted to.”
All of these interventions left me with horrible infections that clung to me for months at a time. Because the drugs were suppressing my immune system, I was unable to fight off anything that came my way. And each time I would inject myself, I would stuff down the fear and horror that I was greatly increasing my risk of developing lymphoma or some other type of cancer some day.
At my very lowest point, I honestly didn’t know how I was going to live through it…or if I wanted to. It seemed that my body had completely succumbed to the inferno that autoimmunity can be. It was at that time that I agreed to take an anti-rejection drug usually given to transplant patients. My choice was this drug that caused kidney damage or a chemotherapy drug that would likely destroy my liver by the time I was 60 and predispose me to lymphoma. Not an easy choice to make but I was absolutely desperate.
“I was certain that somewhere, someone had come up with a less barbaric way to treat these illnesses.”
The side effects of this therapy became unbearable and I finally threw my hands up and said, “Enough!”. I began to search for another way. I was certain that somewhere, someone had come up with a less barbaric way to treat these illnesses. I began to listen to podcasts about nutrition, autoimmunity and a new way of doing things. This was my introduction to Functional Medicine. I continued my education formally and now am so grateful to bring this information to people that are suffering as I have.
You do not have to live in fear of your disease or even greater fear of the treatments. There is a better way…a more comprehensive and scientifically sound way to deal with your body’s dysfunction. I have always appreciated evidence-based approaches and have little use for the ‘theoretical’ or the unproven. Functional Medicine is an evidence-based approach that looks at the entire body as a functioning, inter-connected unit. As opposed to isolating each system as if it functions independently of the other systems. Functional Medicine uncovers the root cause of the problem rather than endlessly treating symptoms and adding new meds year after year.
“There is a reason WHY and there is a path to wellness and I can help you find both.”
If you have been struggling with disease and are just generally ‘unwell’, I would love the opportunity to help you. I want to hear your story and help you put the pieces together. There is a reason why and there is a path to wellness and I will help you find both! Call our office at 720-259-0316 to set up a free, 15 minute phone call to see if I am able to assist you and if you would like to work with me. I look forward to meeting you!